In the last decade, Americans have increasingly embraced mobile technology – smartphones, tablets, laptops, netbooks, and more – for personal use. In the classroom, these tools can be leveraged for content creation, online assessment, collaboration, and the advancement of the Common Core State Standards.
The Digital Learning Now! Smart Series is a collection of interactive papers that will provide specific guidance for policy makers and educational leaders regarding adoption of Common Core Standards and the shift to personal digital learning. Topics include: funding high-access learning environments, building comprehensive learner profiles, preparing for online assessments, moving to competency-based learning models, financing student achievement, building big data policies, improving the teaching profession with blended learning, and more.
Digital Learning Now! plans to release the entire series in partnership with the Foundation for Excellence in Education and Getting Smart over the next year. These organizations have come together to accelerate the shift to high-quality digital learning for all students by addressing a different implementation challenge with each paper. The papers will be released with an executive summary brochure and complementary materials such as infographics, presentations and more. A forth-coming collection of videos on similar topics will also accompany the series.
The paper, co-written by John Bailey, Executive Director of DLN, Tom Vander Ark, Executive Editor of Getting Smart, and Carri Schneider, Director of Policy and Research of Getting Smart, asks leaders and policymakers to consider three strategies for investing in student access: state and district-provided funding, subsidized parent pay, and a mixed model, which includes bring your device (BYOD) policies. Download/View the Paper
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